Architecture Books

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    Wood: New Directions in Design and Architecture

    Wood is one of the most popular and desirable building materials on the contemporary scene, its special qualities serving as a reminder of our connection to the physical world in an era where virtual reality has crept into almost every facet of day-to-day life. Featured here are over thirty examples of the most expressive and inventive uses of wood in design and architecture from all over the world.

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    Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture

    Between a nomad's tent and the Sears Tower lies a revolution in technology, materials, and structures. Here is a clear and enthusiastic introduction to building methods from ancient times to the present day. B/W line drawings.

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    New New York: Architecture of a City

    New York architecture has captured the world's imagination for years, and this book offers compelling evidence that the last ten years are no exception. The city draws more tourists than ever and looks the best it's looked in years. In over 350 pages and close to 400 photographs, this new volume will include the top fifty buildings and interiors from the last decade, among them projects by a Who's Who of famous architects: Rem Koolhaas, Gwathmey Siegel, Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, and Philippe Starck.

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    Chicago Architecture and Design

    This book is not to be confused with the almost identically titled Chicago Architecture and Design, 1923-1993 ( LJ 10/1/93), the sequel to Chicago Architecture 1872-1922: Birth of a Metropolis (Prestel, 1987). These two volumes catalog exhibitions at the Chicago Art Institute celebrating the centennial of the Chicago School of Architecture and the great World's Columbian Exhibition held in The Windy City in 1893 along with more recent architecture extending up to the present.

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    Small Houses: Contemporary Residential Architecture

    Small houses are no longer synonymous with cheap houses and lack of privilege. Instead, they symbolize a range of culturally coded values: compactness, efficiency, discrimination, discreteness, minimalism. Opening with a detailed exploration of the social and historical background behind compact housing in the twentieth century, this book goes on to feature thirty-seven illustrated case studies that represent some of the best examples of small houses built worldwide within the past decade.

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    Shanghai: Architecture & Urbanism For Modern China

    An architectural view of one of the world's most dynamic and exciting cities. Throughout the book, color photographs and illustrations examine thirty ongoing and completed projects. The resulting overview presents a vibrant city of tension and contradiction, one that both mirrors and drives China's struggle to break free from economic constraints while adhering to its political ideals.

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    Contemporary World: Architecture

    Contemporary World Architecture is a comprehensive survey of international architecture at the end of the twentieth century, offering a critical study of the social, cultural and political changes that are shaping the built environment. Continual advances in building technology, shifting demographics and increasing levels of global communications each have a continuing impact on architectural ideology and building types.

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    Greek Architecture

    This new edition of A. W. Lawrence's classic work, now with up-to-date revisions by R. A. Tomlinson and a stunning array of color illustrations, explores the development of Greek architecture from its earliest beginnings to the first century B.C. Lawrence considers the evolution of the magnificent temples of the Hellenic Age, as well as Greek domestic architecture, town planning, theaters, and fortifications in this splendid volume.

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    What Is Japanese Architecture?

    Traditional Japanese architecture--whether Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines, residences, castles, or teahouses--has become increasingly familiar around the world. With over 300 drawings that illuminate the essentials of discussion more concretely than words could ever do, and a text that is succinct and always to the point, the book is divided into four parts--one each dealing chronologically with religious structures, residences, castles, and places of entertainment.

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    Rethinking Architecture: A Reader in Cultural Theory

    This invaluable reader brings together the core writings on architecture by key philosophers and cultural theorists of the Twentieth Century. This careful selection of the very best theoretical writings offers a refreshing take on the question of architecture and provocatively rethinks many of the accepted tenets of architectural theory from a broader cultural perspective.

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    Arches to Zigzags: An Architecture ABC

    Through the lively verse and striking photographs of this large-format book, young readers learn the ABCs of architecture, including arches, gargoyles, hinges, I-beams, urns, and zigzags. Questions stimulate young readers to think about the structural world around them in a creative, thought-provoking way.

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    House Styles in America

    From saltboxes to split-levels, Victorian Ladies to Colonial Revivals, Prairie Styles, bungalows, and Moderns, these are the houses that have defined the architecture of a nation for the past three centuries. In House Styles in America, these classic examples illustrate the major movements that have shaped the American landscape. This beautifully illustrated tour of America's houses begins in 1640 with the early roots of American style--a combination of European skill and attitude combined with American know-how.

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    SuperDutch: New Architecture in the Netherlands

    Propelled into the limelight by the success of Rem Koolhaas, Dutch architecture is achieving popularity and influence across the globe. Fostered by a cultural interest in architecture (and a government willing to support it), the Netherlands is producing a generation of architects whose work is characterized by inventiveness, whimsy, creative use of materials, and dynamic formal experimentation. Koolhaas and a subsequent generation of Dutch designers routinely get the most sought-after commissions and are among the most widely published in the world. This small yet extremely influential handful of practitioners is shaping the future direction of architecture.

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    Competing Globally in Architecture Competitions

    The practice of architecture has become increasingly global, but firms participating in design competitions are finding a culture that is continually in flux. As one of the first two titles in the distinctive Architecture in Practice series from Wiley-Academy, this book enables the architect to negotiate the differing rules and processes that govern international competitions.

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    American Homes: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Domestic Architecture

    A landmark of architectural history, AMERICAN HOMES surveys over 100 American housing styles and illustrates them through nearly 1000 line drawings. Using his own unique combination of "exploded" diagrams and floor plans and easy-to-follow text, award-winning architect and author Lester Walker has created the definitive bible of home design, fully practical but wonderful, too, for armchair browsing and dreaming.

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    A History of Russian Architecture

    The most comprehensive study of this subject to date, A History of Russian Architecture surveys Russian building from the masonry churches of tenth-century Kievan Rus to the pre-fabricated built environments of the present. Subject to cultural and stylistic influences from both East and West, Russian architecture nonetheless developed its own distinctive approaches to building, as demonstrated in the four parts of the study: early medieval Rus up to the Mongol invasion in the mid-twelfth century; the revival of architecture in Novgorod and Muscovy from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries; the cultural revolution in architecture in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; and the advent of modern architecture.

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    Islamic Art and Architecture: From Isfahan to the Taj Mahal

    Turquoise and marble cupolas, arches adorned with flowers and arabesques, motionless basins reflecting slender minarets, sparkling enamels of floral bouquets, miniatures populated by lovers stretched out in the shade-all these form part of the luxury decoration, refinement, and high spirituality that we define as "Persian style."

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    Classical Architecture for the Twenty-first Century: An Introduction to Design

    An exceptionally approachable, thorough, informative guide to the theory and technique of designing classical buildings, as taught by a graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts. Generously illustrated with sketches, freehand diagrams, renderings, and photographs, this book gives a lively, contemporary reality to what sometimes seems a remote subject. 200 photographs and line drawings.

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    The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

    A completely updated and revised edition of the classic reference work on architecture--now expanded with entries on landscape architecture. This is a major revision and expansion of what has long been recognized as a basic reference in its field. Besides updating the existing text, the authors have broadened the book by including many new entries on landscape architecture as well as by significantly increasing their treatment of American architects and architecture.

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    Subway Style: 100 Years of Architecture & Design in the New York City Subway

    Produced with the New York City Transit Museum, Subway Style documents the aesthetic experience of the system through more than 250 exclusive pictures. The book includes newly commissioned color photographs of historic and contemporary station ornamentation as well as imagery from the Museum's archives. The images span the full century, from the system's inception in the early 1900s up to and including architectural renderings for the still-to-be-built Second Avenue line.

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    The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich

    An illuminating portrait of one of America's leading architecture firms of the early twentieth century. This book portrays the unprecedented talent and vision that led the architecture firm of Delano & Aldrich to the top of its field at the beginning of the twentieth century. Eighteen buildings are examined in detail, and the firm's complete oeuvre is cataloged, with more than 250 photographs and drawings spanning the full breadth of their work. 250 b/w illustrations.

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    The Seven Lamps of Architecture

    Classic work by the great Victorian expresses his deepest convictions about the nature and role of architecture and its aesthetics. Timeless observations are required reading for architects, students and lovers of architecture. This authoritative edition includes reproductions of the 14 original plates of Ruskin's superb drawings of architectural details from such structures as the Doge's Palace in Venice, the Cathedral of St.-Lo, Giotto's Campanile in Florence and the Cathedral of Rouen.

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    Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaning

    This clearly written, fully illustrated survey of Western architecture defines and explains structure, function, history, and meaning. Architecture is examined as a cultural phenomenon as well as an artistic and technological achievement.

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    Breaking Ground: Adventures in Life and Architecture

    The renowned architect introduces his iconoclastic approach to public space and shares his vision for the most important architectural project of our time, the 1776 Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site. Drawing on his uncommon background and global perspective, in Breaking Ground Daniel Libeskind explores ideas about tragedy and hope, and the way in which architecture can memorialize-and reshape-human experience.

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    Architecture: A Visual History

    From the cave dwellings in Goreme, Turkey, to the Millennium Dome in London, England, this oversized volume presents a true visual history of architecture through more than 400 color photographs. The author is manager of picture research at the Arcaid Picture Library, which represents many of the world's architectural photographers, including cofounder Richard Bryant.

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    A Guide to American Architecture

    Designed for easy identification of buildings, this picture and prose handbook offers a unique overview of U.S. architectural styles. Individual chapters on 22 of the most important styles including Gothic Revival, Art Deco, Richardsonian Romanesque and Prairie School provide a concise look at the history and appearance of each.

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    Florida Architecture of Addison Mizner

    Reprint of rare, handsome volume illustrates more than 30 Florida residences designed by great architect in imaginative adaptations of Spanish Colonial style. Also, such landmark creations as the Everglades Club, Via Parigi, the Singer Building, The Cloister at Boca Raton, the Riverside Baptist Church at Jacksonville, and many more. Appreciation by Ida M. Tarbell. New introduction by Donald W. Curl. 185 photographs.

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    Living Homes: Sustainable Architecture and Design

    For those who want a beautiful home that also reflects an environmentally conscious lifestyle, the 22 residences featured in Living Homes prove that it's possible to have the best of both worlds. In this lushly photo-graphed book, authors Suzi Moore McGregor and Nora Burba Trulsson take readers on a visual tour of stunning earthen homes. They explore a rammed earth neighborhood, a two-story Victorian-style straw bale house, and a recycled concrete coastal retreat, among other alternative living spaces.

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    Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies

    Reyner Banham examined the built environment of Los Angeles in a way no architectural historian before him had done, looking with fresh eyes at its manifestations of popular taste and industrial ingenuity, as well as its more traditional modes of residential and commercial building. His construct of "four ecologies" examined the ways Angelenos relate to the beach, the freeways, the flatlands, and the foothills. Banham delighted in this mobile city and identified it as an exemplar of the posturban future.